Sun Aug 25th, 2019 at 07:01:32 AM EST
Not the Queen but the Courts to decide on confidence no-deal Boris and the improbability UK Parliament is allowed to vote.
Boris of London: game-set-match. Serving strawberries anyone?
Boris Johnson seeks legal advice on five-week parliament closure ahead of Brexit | The Guardian |
Boris Johnson has asked the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, whether parliament can be shut down for five weeks from 9 September in what appears to be a concerted plan to stop MPs forcing a further extension to Brexit, according to leaked government correspondence.
An email from senior government advisers to an adviser in No 10 - written within the last 10 days and seen by the Observer - makes clear that the prime minister has recently requested guidance on the legality of such a move, known as prorogation. The initial legal guidance given in the email is that shutting parliament may well be possible, unless action being taken in the courts to block such a move by anti-Brexit campaigners succeeds in the meantime.
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The prominent Tory remainer and former attorney general Dominic Grieve added: "This memo, if correct, shows Boris Johnson's contempt for the House of Commons. It may be possible to circumvent the clear intention of the House of Commons in this way but it shows total bad faith. Excluding the house from a national crisis that threatens the future of our country is entirely wrong."
Johnson has said he is "not attracted" to the idea of proroguing parliament and that he wants a Brexit deal, but has repeatedly refused to rule it out. After becoming prime minister he immediately promoted Dominic Raab, the first senior Tory to propose the idea of shutting parliament to get Brexit through, to the post of foreign secretary.
The email shows that the feasibility of a five-week parliamentary shutdown is under active consideration, from soon after the date on which parliament returns on 3 September, until the eve of the last EU summit before Brexit, on 17 and 18 October, when it will be too late for MPs to block no deal.
The Biarritz match: Donald vs Donald ... winner takes the hand of Boris!
○ Boris Johnson must not become known as 'Mr No Deal' | The Guardian |